Evolution of Castro
Even the best major leaguers cannot help but let their minds wander during a 9 inning marathon affair. Players take their at bats to the field. Hitters take their errors with them to the plate. Pitchers have all the time in the world to let their minds roam. Coaches have nothing to do but think.
Hearing that Starlin Castro wants to play 162 games is a good start. He has been widely criticized for his lapses in his defensive play. The media made him an easy target when his mind started to wander in the field. People started to question his drive, want, and mental makeup. Some even wanted him to be on the trading block.
Starlin just celebrated his 25th birthday and will be playing in his first season with the expectation of winning. This will be his sixth season manning the shortstop position and the first that he will be expected to show leadership. Everyone around him with the exception of Rizzo could very well be a player with less than 200 major league at bats. Even Mike Olt, who I really hope is not at third as his strikeouts are piling up, is pretty raw at this level.
Hearing he “wants to get better everyday” and “play through bad days” shows the maturity level is growing. Baseball is a game of failures and it looks like he is only breaking the surface between the ears. If this maturation means a better player we are in store for a treat.